Need some kid-friendly time outside of the house? Hands-on Children’s Museum is sure to make for a fun day with your little ones and will hopefully tire them out! This partially indoor-outdoor museum provides a variety of exhibits and engaging activities for children.
Maybe it’s challenging enough to just get kiddos out the door in the morning! Not to worry, the Play Day Cafe offers healthy lunch and snack options.
With over 150 interactive exhibits, you will probably be able to visit the museum multiple times and have novel experiences each visit! There are simply too many areas to talk about each one, so here are a few of my favorites.
What child does not love climbing things! As stressful as this tendency may be for parents at home, children can enjoy this hobby in a safe environment. An enclosed climbing structure allows children to climb up stairs to a slide or continue on to explore an Eagle’s nest. The slide ends in a beach exploration area, perfect for curious, animal-loving kiddos!
Maybe your child enjoys being involved in your at-home projects and working with their hands. Pre-cut boards allow children to build mini primitive houses. Complete with construction helmets, gloves and earmuffs, children have the opportunity to build a structure and even play around with a dump truck.
A beautiful half-acre outdoor area provides a children’s garden, small rock wall and a trike path for children to navigate. The original Megan D Vintage Scooner (a small ship) is also part of the outdoor exhibit. Children can climb up rope ladders onto the deck of the ship, see what a crow’s nest is like and even walk the plank if they are brave enough! There is also a lighthouse and sand pit area.
Additional exhibits offer fun at a “campfire” and forest adventures. Children can learn about farms and healthy eating habits. A fire engine and medic van allow children to learn about emergency response vehicles and procedures. There is also an art and craft area, which is a great indoor activity for kiddos on a rainy day in Washington!
This modern and innovative museum was founded in 1987. At that time, it was located close to the state capitol building. As the museum’s popularity grew, a larger space was needed to add exhibits and it moved to Jefferson Street. This museum was originally founded with the intent to provide educational opportunities for all children, regardless of any financial limitations a family may experience. This institution offers many learning opportunities for children and families who find themselves in difficult circumstances. Whether you want to provide educational opportunities for your child as you navigate a challenging time, or you would like to support the mission described above, this museum is the place for you and your family!